Presenting recent research on the international integration of infrastructures in Europe, this book combines general and methodological chapters and examples from different a variety of sectors such as transport, electricity and communication networks. Particular focus is on the contrast between the 'Europe of nation states' of the nineteenth century (up to 1914) and the emerging 'integrated Europe' after World War II. Additional contributions provide perspectives from beyond Europe. The wide range of topics gives a good overview of the different challenges posed and the strategies employed in each sector to establish internationally compatible networks, procedures and standards. This work strengthens comparative research as a complement to the detailed analysis of singular cases that often characterises previous works in this field. Methodologically, it therefore contributes to the progress of tools and strategies for comparative historical research. Part of the emerging research area dealing with the mechanisms of international collaboration, this book brings together recent research from European integration history, policy studies, political economy and cultural studies. Considering the growing intensity of international collaboration and exchange in many parts of social and economic life, it is also of topical interest.
’This impressive contribution tackles difficult but timely questions about technology, integration, and governance. The case studies, focused on European transport, communication and energy infrastructures will appeal to a wide audience, as will the authors’ deft comparative analysis and the editors’ sure overview of the complex and contested terrain.’ Thomas J. Misa, University of Minnesota, USA ’This is a timely book that informs the current debates on the future of our infrastructure governance. If you want to explore the various historical dimensions of this complex issue, read this book! The authors provide a rich set of case-studies paired with conceptual analysis. They compare various infrastructures across time and space, and they generate insights on long term continuities and infrastructural dynamics.’ Johan Schot, University of Sussex, UK